- Globally, countries are renewing their democratic commitments to enhance government integrity, enabling citizens’ empowerment through the use of Internet technology and innovations. Digital rights legislation, data protection and privacy, and increasing fiscal transparency through open data system are helping to improve digital public service delivery, while strengthening critical information infrastructures and expanding digital economic resources transparently. These commitments are being carried out through citizens’ centred good governance, with public participation that builds transparency, confidence and accountability into the governance system.
- In Nigeria, successive public sector governance has been anchored on various public sector reforms by past and current administrations in partnership with key stakeholders groups and the citizens. Currently, the nation is implementing a multi-year Economic Recovery and Growth Plan while moving gradually towards the next democratic dispensation through the National elections in 2019. The Internet community stakeholders in Nigeria is demanding more commitment to responsibility and accountability from the government. Public governance policies driving institutional processes on programs and projects of government are more elusive more than ever, while the critical issues of governance system on openness, inclusiveness and transparency remain as critical national challenges.
- Learning from the previous outcomes of NIGF, and continuous clamour by the stakeholders for the continuation of NIGF multi-stakeholders dialogue mechanism and interventions on security, economic and development issues, the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) and the Secretariat of NIGF would be providing another opportunity for multi-stakeholders intervention in a strategic dialogue, looking at how the Internet would enable the practices of good governance in Nigeria. NIGF 2018 would further examine intersection of Internet Governance and open government, harness useful intersessional ideas, cross cutting initiatives and opportunities that would help address critical national challenges on other emerging Internet issues currently affecting the country.
- Objective of NIGF 2018 is to facilitate stakeholders’ intervention on the use of Internet for the enthronement of good governance for national economic recovery; stimulate the Internet community open participation in a regional and global Internet policy dialogue on emerging Internet issues; and engage stakeholders toward effective monitoring of the implementation of National Economic & Growth Plan and Sustainable Development Goals.
- The forum is expected to achieve the following outcomes:.
- Stakeholders would be informed with ideas, solutions and interventions relevant for addressing good governance in their various communities.
- Provide common approaches and stakeholders’ consensus for impact good governance policies on national economy, development and security.
- Opportunity for Internet governance policy public hearing and open consultative process in response to the regional and global IGF demand for local inclusion.
- Stimulate government and stakeholders’ commitment to the adoption and implementation of the outcome document.
- Strengthen stakeholders’ partnership for the improvement of local IG process
- Empower the youth for greater Internet productivity and innovations
- Harmonize the local multi-stakeholder positions, input and contributions into the regional and global Internet Governance Forum.
- The NIGF is a coordinated multi-stakeholders open forum and network for discussions, interactions, contributions and exchange of ideas on challenging and emerging policy issues concerning the Internet and Nigeria Internet community. NIGF further facilitate a sustainable platform for gathering input from Nigerian IG Stakeholders into the sub-regional, regional and global dialogue on emerging policy issues at West Africa IGF, Africa IGF and United Nations IGF to held from 18-21 December in Geneva, Switzerland, at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). (integovforum.org).
- In the past six years, NIGF has evolved into an inclusive Internet policy dialogue mechanism for the country contributing to national development. 2018 is another significant year for NIGF, a time the citizens are demanding more commitment on good governance, as the country election machinery moves gradually towards 2019. This year is the period when stakeholders are examining government commitment to its responsibility and accountability in its implementation of a multi-year national economic recovery and growth plan, when the world is readjusting to EU general data protection regulations (GDPR) and massive breaching of facebook social media data for political gains, amidst growing call for data protection governance and cybersecurity.
- NIGF offers a national platform for stakeholders discussions and interactions from Governments, Civil Society, Businesses, Technical Community, Academia, development partners and multinational corporation operating in the Nigerian Internet ecosystem to come together, harness ideas, build consensus and offer collective solutions for Internet governance in Nigeria.
- Building on these commitments, the Multi-stakeholders Advisory Group (MAG) of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), comprising of Ministry of Communication Technology (MCT), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Internet Society Nigeria Chapter (ISOC), DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Creative Technology Development International (CTDL), and Global Network for Cybersolution (GNC), in collaboration with stakeholders is packaging this special edition of NIGF 2018 specifically for good governance to help the country address multifarious Internet and digital economic and security issues.
NIGF 2018 would be taking into consideration the overarching theme of the global IGF and harmonizing the inputs of Nigerian stakeholders into the Global IGF framework covering: Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy; Access, Inclusiveness and Diversity; Openness; Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation; Critical Internet Resources; and Emerging Issues.